A young distributor of parts and accessories for utility task vehicles — think small Forest Ranger-type carts — has set up shop in Franklin to service buyers across the Southeast. Industry veteran Nick Zierden bought Innovative Off-Road, which was launched in 2011, early this year and sees a big opportunity.
“You can reach out to 80 percent of the retail population in the U.S. in one day by truck transport,” Zierden said. “Also, a significant proportion of UTVs retailed in the U.S. are in the Southeastern region. Add to this a large number of the highest volume ATV and UTV retailers are in the Southeast, and you have a tri-level rationale for establishing the business here. As I like to tell my dealers, ‘Why wouldn’t you?’”
After receiving only a handful of bids — and none on the parcel on which his stately mansion sits — country crooner George Jones on Saturday called off the auction of his 78-acre Franklin estate. Jones had first listed the "equestrian dream" Country Gold Estate for $15 million in June of last year.
"At the end of the day being a special property for a famous person that's neat, but at the end of the day this has to be a property that someone wants to live and enjoy," said Craig King with JP King Auctions.
SEE ALSO: The J.P. King Auction website marketing the property
The plan to develop more than 50 acres at the western edge of Maryland Farms is moving forward. Brentwood planners recently were presented the concept for Virginia Springs, which would comprise two buildings and a parking garage. The property is being marketed by Crews Johnston and Perry Gooch at Cassidy Turley.
Brandon Jenkins' Grove Park Construction has placed under contract the last 12 undeveloped lots in The Governors Club, continuing the work it started in 2009 in the prestigious development.
Brokers Christina and Darin Cunningham took on the marketing of Governors Club properties in 2008, when 42 lots remained available. Christina Cunningham will be the sales and marketing manager for the remaining sites and will work with Grove Park customers on the homes' designs. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
“If you drive around The Governors Club today, there’s dirt moving and houses being built throughout, and the vast majority are Grove Park Construction customers,” she said. “They have built a sterling reputation as a totally custom builder who focuses on customer service and on making their clients’ dream homes come to life. This is a perfect partnership, and a strong sign for the luxury real estate market in Williamson County.”
Grove Park, which Williamson County native Jenkins founded in 2005, also is building in Annandale, Hampton Reserve, Windstone, Belle Meade, Green Hills and Leiper’s Fork. Check out more on the company here.